Yes, we will admit it. Most Tiki Drinks are made with rum, lots of it in fact. But search through the history of tropical drinks and you'll find ones made with gin, cognac and more.
When it came time to bring together great brands for our Tikitober event at Track One, we knew we wanted to get some great rums, but we also knew that this event was an excuse to also bring some kick-ass tequila to the table.
Maestro Dobel tequila is one of those kick-ass tequilas that our attending members and guests will have an opportunity to enjoy.
For the sake of making a Tiki Drink with it, we used the same principles of fresh fruit and layers of spice and flavor to make La Playa Royale. The most notable addition is the Cinnamon Syrup. Adapted from a recipe from Beachbum Berry's Potions of the Caribbean, this syrup was a common ingredient at the famous Don the Beacomber, labeled simply as "Don's Spices #4" in his original recipe books to keep competitors from copying his recipes.
Making your own Cinnamon Syrup is easy. We posted a recipe for it here.
Okay, let's make this drink.
combine tequila, juices and syrups in an ice-filled shaker and shake like your life depended on it. Or at least like your drink depends on it. Curl the strip of orange zest around the inside of your glass and fill with crushed ice to hold it in place. Strain cocktail into glass and add a cinnamon stick on top.